Jordan Lewis was one of the most sought after corners coming out of college in 2017. The former Michigan Wolverine was a two-time first-team All American and All-Big Ten performer (2015,2016) as well as the Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year in his final collegiate season (2016).
After leaving Ann Arbor he hit the ground running during his rookie campaign. He was in a draft class that also included Chidobe Awuzie and Xavier Woods, both starters. Playing in 15 games and logging 7 starts, Lewis made his reps count. Finishing with 54 tackles (48 solo), 1 interception and an impressive 10 passes defended. All the signs pointed to himself and Awuzie being the team's starting corners for the foreseeable future.
However, plans took a shift in January of 2018 when the Dallas Cowboys brought in Kris Richard as the Defensive Backs Coach and Passing Game Coordinator. He made his mark in Seattle as the orchestrator of the "Legion of Boom", guiding the careers of big names such as Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, and Kam Chancellor. His motto has always been to have tall and long-armed defensive backs, and at 5'10, Lewis simply didn't fit his philosophy.
He would switch Byron Jones from safety to corner, his most natural position, resulting in him becoming a second-team All-Pro. As a result, the former third-round pick got lost in the shuffle and basically forgotten in 2018. He saw action in 15 games just like his rookie season but only managed one start. A pedestrian 12 tackles, 1 pass defended and an interception would be all be could muster.
But in the game of football, it's always important to stay prepared in case of an injury. Lewis was afforded new life and a chance to step up in March when Jones had surgery to fix a hip ailment. The hope was for him to be ready by training camp but he likely won't see any action while the team is in Southern California, as he was put on the PUP list.
As training camp has commenced, Lewis isn't wasting time reminding everyone just how talented he is.
Jourdan Lewis has a really nice day in 1v1s. I counted 3 PBUs l, and the one completion he gave up was on a route that took 6 seconds to develop. https://t.co/uvcivEmvgX
He's showing that if for some reason the Cowboys can't reach a new deal with Jones, who's set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2020, he's more than capable of being the player he was intended to be when his draft card was turned in. The more reliable defensive backs you have in today's NFL that's predicted to the offense, in particular the passing game, the better off you'll be.
Here's Jourdan again, vs. Cedrick Wilson #cowboyswire https://t.co/JJqp8yXqoW
The Cowboys are optimistic that Jones will be ready for the season opener against the Giants. If that weren't the case Lewis is proving he can step in and shoulder the load. The organization wouldn't have to look in the draft or free agency to fill the shoes of Jones if he decides to test free agency. There's still a month to go before the season starts but Lewis is definitely getting eyes back on him with his performance thus far.
Report: Cowboys G Connor Williams to Undergo Arthroscopic Knee Surgery, Expected to Miss a Few Weeks
The Dallas Cowboys received a bit of bad news today. According to ESPN's Todd Archer, Guard Connor Williams will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday.
Connor Williams will have surgery on his knee Tuesday but the hope is he will be able to return after a few weeks. Xavier Su'a-Filo will likely move into the left guard role, which is how the Cowboys handled Williams' absence last year because of a knee... https://t.co/M55eVtYCIJ
Williams suffered the injury in Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. This is a minor procedure but will keep Williams sidelined for a few weeks. Backup Guard Xavier Su'a-Filo is expected to fill in during his absence, just like he did in 2018 when Williams missed time with a knee issue. More to come.
Report: Cowboys’ WR Amari Cooper Expected to Practice Friday
Per Todd Archer from ESPN, Amari Cooper's MRI didn't reveal any structural damage in his knee and was diagnosed with a bruised knee. Cooper's now expected to practice on Friday as the Dallas Cowboys get ready to play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football.
Amari Cooper is expected to practice Friday and play Sunday against Minnesota after an MRI revealed he has a bruised knee, according to a source. Cooper was examined by the team doctors on Thursday and did not practice after being listed as a limited... https://t.co/jNps7m7ThL
This is excellent news for the Dallas Cowboys. Since acquiring Cooper from the Oakland Raiders last year, his presence has made a huge difference. There's been a noticeable difference when Cooper hasn't been in the lineup and they can't replicate his ability on the field in the slightest. He changes everything for Dak Prescott and the passing game.
Cooper's been dealing with minor injuries since training camp and has had to miss time in some games, sitting out nearly all of the loss to the Jets. Getting Cooper back the next week against the Philadelphia Eagles had a huge impact on the outcome of the week seven game. While Michael Gallup's taken a huge step forward in 2019, he hasn't proven to be capable of flying solo as the lead receiver for the Dallas Cowboys.
Against the Minnesota Vikings, the Cowboys offense will need to get off to a hot start and click on all cylinders against the Vikings number four ranked defense.
Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper have had an excellent connection in Cooper's now 17 games with the Dallas Cowboys. He's averaging 5.6 receptions for 83.9 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. His per 16 game average would be 89 receptions for 1,342 yards and 11 touchdowns. Those are elite numbers in a really good passing game.
The Minnesota Vikings pass defense is only allowing 225 passing yards per game. Against the likes of Julio Jones, Davante Adams, Darren Waller, Allen Robinson, Alshon Jeffrey, Marvin Jones, and Tyreek Hill the Vikings have allowed 8.42 receptions for 93.85 and seven touchdowns.
Against the Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions, and Kansas City Chiefs in three of the last four weeks the Vikings have allowed 291.3 passing yards per game.
Amari Cooper and the Dallas Cowboys passing game could be in for a field day.
Each week, following Amari Cooper's injury status, is one of the most important reports. Getting good news on Cooper heading into the Cowboys final practice of the week on Friday is big news for the Cowboys in this huge NFC matchup.
Report: Cowboys DT Daniel Ross Arrested in Frisco on Marijuana and Gun Charges
This is definitely not the news the Dallas Cowboys wanted to hear. According to Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News, Cowboys Defensive Tackle Daniel Ross was arrested earlier this morning in Frisco on marijuana and gun charges.
Frisco PD confirms backup DL Daniel Ross was arrested by Frisco Police Department this morning. He was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon.
Ross appeared in 13 games in 2018 as a solid depth piece along the defensive front. He totaled 14 tackles, seven quarterback hits, three tackles for loss, one sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.
This was good enough for the Cowboys to sign Ross to a one-year deal worth 645,000 back in March. Unfortunately, he suffered a shoulder injury in late August that put him on injured reserve, ending his 2019 season.
You can bet some disciplinary action will be taken by the NFL on this matter as well as internally with the organization. Ross is set to be a restricted free agent in 2020.
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